How Are Antioxidants and Free Radicals Related? Part Two
In my last article I defined antioxidants and free radicals and explained the relationship between them. In Part Two of this series, I’ll give you information about how you can minimize damage. If you didn’t catch the first article, please click here to read it!
Minimizing Damage of Free Radicals
Is it possible to avoid the damage of free radicals in the body? Not entirely, but it can be minimized. One strategy is to abstain from chemicals known to increase the amount of free radicals in the body. Some examples are: alcohol, smoking, and air pollution.
Another way to minimize the damage caused by free radicals is to eat food rich in antioxidants.
How does this help? Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in one of two ways.
Chain breaking occurs when an antioxidant encounters a free radical and neutralizes it. This breaks the chain of oxidization.
2) As Preventives
Preventive neutralization occurs when an oxidizing agent (free radical) is first introduced into the body and is immediately encountered by an antioxidant and neutralized.
Is this enough? No, because when an antioxidant encounters a free radical and neutralizes it, the antioxidant becomes a free radical that will require neutralization. Thus, the constant need for antioxidants exists.
Some common antioxidants you’ve probably heard of are vitamins E & C, as well as manganese, zinc, selenium and beta-carotene. Some of these vitamins and minerals can be derived from foods, but supplements are often necessary.
Foods That Contain Antioxidants
Strawberries, while they may not pack quite the punch that blueberries do, are a must-have in any healthy diet. Strawberries contain several antioxidants, as well as manganese, which – aside from being a powerful antioxidant – is beneficial for bone health and maintaining proper bone structure.
And for those of you on the run in the morning, you’ll be happy to hear that your morning coffee contains a healthy dose of antioxidants. As a matter of fact, coffee is the primary source of antioxidants in the American diet. So, if you don’t have the time to make yourself a breakfast with berries in the morning, although it’s important to find the time, reach for coffee and save the fruit for lunch.
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